This was posted today over at Bill Knott's
"VOTE FOR ME
*please go to this website and vote for me to be blog
i'm not on the roster of nominees, so post a vote for me as a write-in candidate . . .
by definition only a blog poet can be blog laureate, and none of the current nominees are blog poets . . .
none of the nominees listed on the ballot are eligible for the post, because they're not blog poets . . .
they're not blog poets because they don't publish their poetry on their blogs . . .
i may not be worthy of bloglaureatehood, but at least i publish my poetry on my blog, which ergo makes me a blog poet . . .
you can't be a blog poet if you don't publish your poetry on your blog . . .
that's a fact, and no ad hominem aspersions of me will change it . . ."
Posted on BloggingPoet.com on 4/23/2007 at 4:22 by Anonymous
do they publish their poetry on their blogs? all of it? i have posted all of mine on my blog, or am in the process of doing it . . . I've posted hundreds of poems from over forty years of writing poetry . . . have any of these nominees published to the same degree on their blogs? how can you be a blog poet if you don't publish your poetry (all of it) on your blog??? most of your nominees are dead tree poets, not blog poets
Posted on 4/23/2007 at 4:30 by Anonymous
oops forget to add my name to the comment above: Bill Knott
I respect the fact that you have published and continue to publish your poetry on your Blog. Disseminating your poetry for public consumption is commendable and certainly (in my opinion) adheres to the spirit of the medium. I must also admit that I enjoy reading the poetry on your blog. That you have not been nominated for this honor is unfortunate. But I don't see how denigrating those that have been nominated - thus belittling the process and title changes that fact.
I do not believe that I belong on such a list of poets or that there is any danger, any time soon, of me being elected Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. I am sure that whomever is elected will be a much worthier candidate than myself. I am relatively new to the PoBiz and am neither an MFA student nor educator in creative writing. I am not a "dead tree poet" in that I have not been published, although the thought that I should be has crossed my mind on several occasions. I publish most, if not all, my poetry on my blog in a series of posts that I call "Poems in Vitro".
Someone on an on-line poetry workshop once informed me that I was a much better critic of the literary genre than practitioner and that I would never amount to anything as a poet. I am, I hope, in the process of proving that assertion to be fallacious.
Finally, while I may not agree with your contention, I believe you have every right to voice your opinion. However, I do not understand how deriding this ethernet election, which only appears to spotlight the poet online and furthers "Poetry" (in this relatively new medium) can coincide with your obvious love for and devotion to Ars Poetica.